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ExpressVote Universal Voting System

On August 10, 2020, the Kendall County Commissioner’s Court approved the purchase of a new voting system for Kendall County from Election Systems & Software (ES&S). The new voting system includes ExpressVote ballot marking devices and DS200 digital scan precinct tabulators to be available at every Kendall County polling location. The new voting system will be put into use for the first time in October 2020 during Early Voting for the November 3, 2020 Joint Election.

With the new voting system, voters will receive a blank ballot at check-in to insert into the ExpressVote ballot marking device and make their selections. After reviewing their selections on the screen, voters will print the ballot. Once voters have reviewed the selections printed on the ballot, they will insert the ballot into the DS200 digital scanner for tabulation. This hybrid system allows for the convenience and accuracy of electronic voting, as well as the security of an auditable paper ballot that can be used for manual recounts.


Every time voters head to the polls, they want to know their votes will be accurately counted and protected. At the Kendall County Elections office, we take extra precautions to ensure the security of all hardware, software and data.

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Learn about the six layers of security that protect ES&S voting systems - from physical security to encryption to verifiable audit trails.

  • The ExpressVote uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper-based ballot for tabulation. As a marking device, the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating marginal marks and the need for interpretation of the voter's mark. Voters will receive an activation card (ballot) with their ballot style printed on the card to begin the process. Voters will insert card into the marking device, make their selections, verify the selections made, and print the ballot. Voters then review the selections printed on the ballot for accuracy before taking the ballot over the DS200 for tabulation.

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  • The DS200 is a polling location-based scanner and vote tabulator that combines the flexibility and efficiency of digital-imaging technology to support paper-based voting -- taking traditional optical-scan ballot vote tabulation into the twenty-first century.

  • The ExpressPoll reduces check-in and verification waiting time for voters, increases the accuracy of ballots issued and improves the Election Day experience for all.  The ExpressPoll application runs on a tablet which gives poll workers an intuitive, easy-to-understand user interface that's similar to the digital devices they use every day.



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